La Tortuga...updated 08-31-14

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La Tortuga...updated 08-31-14

Postby bansil » Fri May 18, 2012 7:22 am

First off
wow what a rush,the folks that say the drive home was good or not special are full of it.
I have driven a lot of big stuff over the years,M1a1 tanks,deuce 1/2's,5tons and even hemitt's nothing compared to sitting behind this beast!
I was antsy at work and finally said it's now or never,turned my computer off and headed to Bristol
This is what greeted me
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check fluid levels again as well as the floors etc
Ron (the seller for school district) said "take her for a spin"
I was like :shock: ,it is actually happening...i said i have never driven anything that has steer wheels behind me...

The mechanic said"hell I'll go with you"

So we jump in,i check the mirrors and pop off brakes and creep forward...the first application of the brakes sent both guys into the seats in front of them :lol: i said sorry

talk about brakes...my lordy this is unlike any air brake military rig i have driven.

About the roads in Bristol,if you go off the right side,it's not good....period

after about 1/2 hr of driving we pulled back in...they offered me a job and said they were very impressed.

So as Ron was talking with some of the drivers coming back in,the mechanic and I crawled under the bus,he was showing me everything from the thickness of the brake pads and drums to the auto tank drains etc.
we went inside and he showed me new drums and pads..this really did have 3month old brakes on it.

anyways onto the journey home.

We did paperwork and they filled the tank up with diesel!
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby bansil » Fri May 18, 2012 7:22 am

so with tag in hand I bid farewell and approached the beast...nervous,excited everything

Hit the key and she roared to life,adjusted mirrors clicked seat belt and I seemed to look for things to keep me in that lot :?

I released the brakes and pulled off heading south.

The weather was beautiful and I felt like a king riding high,she cruised at 1900 rpm at 55mph...plenty fast for first time driving
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had several folks blow horns and give thumbs up...hell it still looks like a bus...
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then guess what?
It started to rain :roll:
So I am trying to keep 8feet of bus in my lane with traffic and find the stupid switches...will they work?...yes thank goodness
the sweep sucks big time..i need to adjust drivers side a spline of two
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Finally got into the mountains,i breathed a sigh of relief
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you don't realize how narrow turns are until you have a 40 foot bus on them
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I get home....crap where to park????
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so I leave here near the road and come up and move vehicles and crap out of the way
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a few pictures as I walk back down....she was wider than the driveway and i spun up the yard...but she is resting in a temp park space.....

oh finally note before I hit the road for a 9hr drive south for a race this weekend
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you might be a redneck if:
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A vehicle in your driveway is half as wide and half as long as your home :lol:
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby TheRainbowBoxer » Fri May 18, 2012 7:41 am

Congrats Man!
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby chev49 » Fri May 18, 2012 8:02 am

were you driving with your feet when you were taking the pictures on the road? :lol:
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby Newfiedogs » Fri May 18, 2012 11:32 am

Welcome to your new obsession...Do your smile muscles still hurt? Now when you look out the window of your house "IT" is going to be there.
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby GreyEagle » Fri May 18, 2012 12:45 pm

B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l B-u-s

Where did you find that one.....
a Crown, new brakes and tank full diesel........... Sweet
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby browncrown » Sat May 19, 2012 12:31 pm

Great looking bus...congratulations!!! :D
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby yankeflyer » Sun May 20, 2012 3:16 pm

Fun write up - it was many years ago for some of us - the first day you close those doors and release the brakes.
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby bansil » Mon May 21, 2012 6:33 am

GreyEagle wrote:B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l B-u-s

Where did you find that one.....
a Crown, new brakes and tank full diesel........... Sweet

I bought it from Holstein Bus Co in Bristol TN,he will have 2 or 3 more in the next few weeks,pm me for contact info

Thanks everyone for the welcome...I have to finish cleaning yard up so I can work on the ole girl..
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby atcc77 » Mon May 21, 2012 6:18 pm

Thats a good looking bus! I bet you can't wait to get started.
Good luck with it! :D
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby TygerCub » Mon May 21, 2012 7:06 pm

Hmmm.... sight of that roof reminds me I need to get cracking on building my own roof rack before the temps climb to :shock: OMG :shock: levels! :lol:
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby lornaschinske » Mon May 21, 2012 8:21 pm

TygerCub wrote:Hmmm.... sight of that roof reminds me I need to get cracking on building my own roof rack before the temps climb to :shock: OMG :shock: levels! :lol:


Too late! Temps here are supposed to be 99°F on Wednesday. Earlier it was forecast to be 102°F. They could still change that.

Saturday & Sunday is the big "Hike It-Spike It" event. David is working it with a friend of ours. they will be vending.... deep fried funnel cakes and deep fried tangled 'taters. Sounds just like the perfect thing to be doing in the heat! I'm going to make sure David takes plenty of water with him. they did the same thing for a 2 day event earlier this month.
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby TygerCub » Tue May 22, 2012 3:59 pm

lornaschinske wrote:Too late! Temps here are supposed to be 99°F on Wednesday. Earlier it was forecast to be 102°F. They could still change that.
:shock: OMG I'm gonna DIE this summer on my trip! (what in the world was I thinking???)
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby bansil » Tue May 22, 2012 5:52 pm

This build will be unique like all skoolies.
Plan is to use it as its built,a giant metal taco
First plans after squaring away maint items is:
1)remove seats(save two for nostalgic dinnete says lisa)
2)remove folding door and level floor
3)install a seat for Lisa(a comfortable one)
4)install a door down the side
5)partition front area for "the control center" to allow possible under dash climate control,sound deadening etc
This will mean "the mobile tent" will be ready to use

6)then bedroom,bath kitchen will be completed as we go
I think this will be the slowest build thread I have ever done :lol:
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Re: El Tortuga

Postby chev49 » Tue May 22, 2012 5:54 pm

make sure you add enough beef... :D
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